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In sickness and in health: South Dakota man with genetic kidney disease receives life-saving transplant from his wife

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James and Lindy Reeser sit in their home on Wednesday, Feb. 24, in Sioux Falls. James needed a kidney transplant, and Lindy matched as a donor. They had the procedure two weeks prior.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A South Dakota man has been given the gift of a new life.

Thanks to his college love and wife of 25 years. 

James Reeser, 48, received a transplant from his wife, Lindy, on Feb. 10 after battling a genetic kidney disease called polycystic kidney disease that has impacted other members of his immediate family for generations. 

His grandfather died from the disease at the age of 62, while both his mother and sister have received transplants due to complications from kidney failures. 

PKD is a severe condition that causes clusters of cysts that develop in the kidneys that could possibly spread to other portions of the body, according to the Mayo Clinic. The disease can often lead to high blood pressure and kidney failure.

Every offspring runs a 50/50 chance of inheriting the disease.

“We knew my genetic possibility for it so my mom had me tested for it around 17,” Reeser said. “All you can do is try to manage it so I made smart choices, never got into alcohol or any other things that would tax my kidneys.”

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